Being a girl is risky business...
7 out of 10
girls have or will experience physical or sexual violence in their lives
just one way society keeps girls down. A fear of speaking out feeds the cycle of more violence against girls.
Nearly 75% of NYC’s 800,000 girls are of color
and a significant portion live in poverty.
GBH directly serves over 200 participants in NYC each year
ages 12-21, particularly those of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, survivors of physical or sexual violence, survivors of trafficking, and those involved in the juvenile justice or foster care systems.
These statistics demonstrate that on top of the obstacles girls already face (including teen pregnancy, sexual violence, bullying, and negative body image), NYC girls also navigate the complex intersction of race, class, and gender inequality—all during their most formative years.